Three years ago this month, the Scholarly Commons went live. Supporting Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, it’s the second open access digital repository that I manage, and was both the biggest project of the post-consolidation HLM Digital Projects Group and the justification of our expansion from two people to three.
And in August, we recorded our one millionth full-text download.
Hitting that milestone in less than three years is kind of mind-boggling, but we’ve been ridiculously successful in this endeavor. We have papers from 70% of SHA’s faculty, we are now the point of dissemination for all publications from SHA Centers and Institutes… and folks are demonstrably reading this stuff, too.
Thanks go out to Sara Palmer, who does the lion’s share of the work on this repo, to her predecessor Chubing Tripepi, and to Steve Gollnick who helped get things off the ground while keeping DC@ILR uploads on track. (It’s worth noting that Sara and Steve won the Cornell University Library Outstanding Performance award behind this work.)
It’s been a helluva ride, and I’m looking forward to the future.